For sale is a 1940s TRINER POSTAGE SCALE manufactured by the Triner Scale & Manufacturing Company, Chicago, Illinois. This heavy all steel balance beam scale is in excellent condition and still measures weights fairly well. The scale was designed to measure postal packages that weighed between 0 and 100 lbs. The top of the counter top scale platform is embellished with decorative detail. The brass balance beam shines brightly. Underneath the balance beam is a slot to slide a card that would have been used to calculate the cost of shipping based on the package weight and postal zone for the package’s destination. Both sides of the scale are marked “TRINER ALLSTEEL PARCEL POST SCALE”. Scale measures about 17 inches long, 12 1/2 inches wide, and 6 1/2 inches tall. The scale is missing the scale weights that you would need to measures weights above 20 lbs. You won’t find a nicer Triner Postage Scale. A top notch collectible scale.
In1903, James M. Triner, a particularly talented mechanical engineer, organized his own manufacturing business with $20,000 capital. His great achievement, and the one that arguably sealed his company’s relevance for the century to come, was convincing the United States Postal Service that spring scales–more so than balance scales– were
the best medium for weighing the mail. Others had waded into these waters before, but it was James Triner–using tactics or charm that his cohorts may have lacked–who changed his industry.